BMC set to sack deputy chief fire officer for fake info to get medal | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: A proposal to dismiss deputy chief fire officer (DCFO) Shashikant Kale from service has been moved after a departmental inquiry found him guilty of moral turpitude and misleading superiors to get himself recommended for a President’s Fire Service Medal for Gallantry.
Municipal commissioner Iqbal Chahal has placed the proposal before the civic standing committee. “Kale, who was DCFO of Zone 6, has been found guilty of violating service conduct norms and all the charges against him were proved. The charges against him are grave in nature and as punishment, I seek your approval to dismiss him from municipal service,” said the proposal.

The proposal says the departmental inquiry found Kale guilty of moral turpitude. “It was found that Kale deliberately and with mala fide intent misled the superiors and by that he also misled the state government, the governor’s office and the President by giving false information.” Kale did not respond to a query from TOI.
Kale’s misconduct, shameful act dented BMC’s image, says probe
As a head of the department, this conduct of his is unacceptable and unbecoming of an officer. This has set a very wrong example for his junior officers. This amounts to misconduct of a very grave nature,” the proposal said.
According to the probe report, while applying for the President’s medal, Kale, who was then acting chief fire officer (CFO), applied as a full-time CFO. “He gave information which was false and untrue and made a file or supported the making of such a file or report. As the head of the department, Kale did not do his duty with due diligence and he was responsible for creating the false report. After it was revealed that false information was given, Kale’s recommendation had to be withdrawn by the administration, so the BMC had to withdraw the proposal submitted to the state government and a revised proposal had to be sent. This was very shameful and this dented the image of the BMC. Kale submitted false information and got himself recommended for the President’s national medal.”
The report pointed at more falsehoods. “As per the norms of the central home ministry, it was required to submit any details of any inquiry faced by the officials in the last 10 years before applying for the President’s medal. Officials are required not to be facing any inquiry in the last 10 years to be eligible to apply for the medal. Kale did not reveal that he was suspended from 21.11.2014 to 11.10.2015 and found guilty in the probe. He did not give details of the punishments he faced,” said the proposal.
It added that Kale had submitted that he was a full-time CFO and did not mention that he was an acting CFO. “On 12.10.2020, when submitting a recommendation for himself for the President’s medal to the municipal commissioner, he said he was the CFO and not an acting CFO holding additional charge. He got a wrong integrity certificate created for getting recommended for the President’s medal,” the proposal said.

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